Marmot Tungsten 3 Person UL Dome Tent Review

The Tungsten UL Fly Open

Marmot's Tungsten 3 UL With the Fly Open
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  • Manufacturer: Marmot
  • Model: Tungsten UL
  • Sleeping Capacity: 3 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Backpacking
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $399.00
  • Manufacturer: Marmot
  • Model: Tungsten UL
  • Sleeping Capacity: 3 Persons
  • Designed For: 3 Seasons
  • Best Use: Backpacking
  • Type: Dome Tent
  • Available in: Other Sizes
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  • MSRP: $399.00
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The Tungsten UL With the Fly Off

Marmot Tungsten 3 UL With the Fly Off
Fly Closed on the Tungsten UL 3

Fly Closed Tungsten 3 UL

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Features


  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Color: Dark Citron, Citronelle
  • Number of Rooms: 1
  • Number of Windows: None
  • Number of Doors: 2
  • Zippers: Jingle-Free Nylon Zipper Pulls
  • Storage Pockets & Gear Loft: Yes, N/A
  • Mesh Roof & Walls: Yes, Yes
  • Footprint: Not Included
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Materials and Extras


  • Inner Walls: 15d 100% Nylon No-See-Um Mesh F/R
  • Full Fly: 20d 100% Polyester RS Sil/PU F/R
    Fly Waterproof Ratings: 1200 mm
  • Floor Materials: 30D 100% Nylon F/R
    Floor Waterproof Ratings: 2000 mm
  • Pole Material: Aluminum DAC Press-Fit
  • Number Of Poles: 3
  • Pole Dimensions: 9mm
  • Guy Lines & Guy Outs: Yes, Yes
  • Stakes: N/A
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Dimensions


  • Floor Area: 42 sq. ft.
  • Center Height: 3 foot. 10 inches.
  • Packed Weight: 4 Lbs 6 Oz
    Trail Weight: 4 Lbs. 2 Oz.
  • Packed Size: 22 x 8 inches.
  • Number of Vestibules: 2
    Total Vestibule Area: 18.40 sq. ft.
    (10.6 + 7.8 sq. ft.)
  • Screened Areas: None
  • Awnings: None

Tent Set Up

"Easy pitch" clips and poles make it easy to set up quickly.

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Summary: Favorable Reviews

Campers who purchased the tent said: It was the best tent ever. The rain fly with its vestibule worked well in blowing rain and hail, keeping the inside of the tent dry. The set up was easy and quick for one person. The tent is spacious inside. The size to weight ratio of the tent was excellent. For as light as it is, I was expecting something smaller. The dual doors and vestibules were a convenient feature for keeping the tent clutter and dirt free.


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Summary: Unfavorable Reviews

People who bought the tent mentioned: The fly touches the inner tent in strong winds and rain, resulting in condensation. Drips of water were noted at the vent on the leeward side while we were brushed by tropical storm Alberto's rainbands. Poles are not the strongest.


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SPECS AND CONFIGURATIONS

The Tungsten 3 UL has two doors and a peak center height of 3' 10, which is a little bit smaller than the average height of the 139 other 3 person tents we have studied. With 42 square feet of room inside, it is significantly smaller than some other 3-person tents, and it would be quite cramped for you and, up to two other campers during the 3-seasons, this tent is approved for use in, smaller tents similar to this one make an ideal choice for campers that love spending plenty of hours outside of their tent exploring.

Some of the fantastic things about dome tents are, that they are generally speaking lightweight, making them simple to carry. In most all cases, tents used for backpacking are of the dome type. They are generally speaking, freestanding and very easy to set up. In calm weather, you could do without guy lines and stakes, not that this is recommended.

Dome tents are the most commonly seen of all the other types of tents you will find when camping. They tend to do better in the rain than other types, allowing rain to easily slide off the sloped walls, unlike cabin tents that have flat tops, resulting in the water pooling on the top of the tent. The most straightforward dome tent should have a square footprint, slanted sides a couple of poles which converge in the middle of the roof. Because of the way they are made, it is generally considered that they are best for up to a maximum of 6 campers.

Below you can find an account of the tent's strongest and weakest points.

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PROS

  1. Freestanding. The Tungsten UL can support its own weight on any terrain. It does not even have to be staked down in most cases. But in case of strong winds, it is always best to secure it to the ground with the included steel stakes and guylines.
  2. Vestibules. Having two vestibules. Affords you a place to store shoes and other things that can get dirty, muddy, this is a big plus.
  3. Internal storage. It is nice to see Marmot has added a gear loft and pockets in the interior to store some of your things.
  4. More than one door. With 2 doors, it is easier to get in and out of the tent, in the middle of the night if needed.
  5. Durable, water-resistant floor. The floor material is 30D 100% Nylon F/R, which is a substantially thick and high-strength fabric. Meaning the base is not prone to rips and punctures. Also, the material has a 2000 mm waterproofing rating, which is pretty good for most circumstances.
  6. Breathable. The Tungsten's interior uses a mesh fabric on the inside of the tent, and this helps maximize the flow of air. With the extra ventilation, and this tent is great for use in the warmer months.
  7. The rainfly completely covers the tent body. The rainfly covers the whole body of the tent from the top to the bottom and has a waterproof rating of 1200mm. Meaning it will easily protect you against heavy rain.
  8. Other sizes are available. Marmot has also made this model available in Other Sizes.
  9. Low price. It is a great purchase for a 3 person dome tent providing this much space. Not many tents available on the market provide this level of quality for only $248.95 info_outline

CONS

  1. Not roomy. With a floor area of 42 square feet, the Tungsten 3 is smaller than quite a few of the 139 other 3 person tents we have looked at.
  2. Lacking in Headroom. With 8% less headroom than similar sized tents, one can see how this could be a negative thing for some people.
  3. Footprint not Included. There is no included footprint, The floor may be made of 30D 100% Nylon F/R but it is still best to protect it further with a footprint, especially on rough terrain.
  4. Sloping walls. Even though Dome tents have many qualities to be positive about. The sloping sides do tend to make it all the more smaller inside.

CONCLUSION

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Our Ratings: 4.3 STARS

Marmot's Tungsten 3 UL tent is good for backpacking. There are a few other nice points not already mentioned above which, were found and liked, while researching the model: Rain-Shield Polyester Flysheet Doesn't Stretch and Sag When Wet and Resists Damage from UV, Tuck a headlamp into the lamp shade pocket for ambient light at night. and Strategic Clip Placement Provides Larger Interior Volume.

With great ratings, and headroom of 3' and 42 square feet of area to sleep, this tent is like your very own little flat. This enables you to enjoy some really enjoyable time hanging out with nature. We found a decent amount of pros about the tent that you can look at above.

If you found this page looking for an endorsement about this particular tent, we consider, it will make for a great buy. If you just happened to arrive on this website while looking for a new tent having never heard of this brand or this model previously, it is probably a good idea to check out a few more similar tents also.

Value for money: When thinking about value for money, this tent is a lot cheaper than the average price of all the one hundred and ninety-three, three-person tents we have studied, this alone does not make it excellent value for money. We also need to look at other factors in detail, as we do with every tent.

When we measure the score of a tent, we examine loads of areas, searching for areas where the tent could exceed other similar tents and where it is not quite as good. In this case, with an overall score of 4.3 and the price info above, It is simple to see that with a ticket price of $248.95 info_outline The Tungsten 3 UL is a very good purchase and astonishingly priced when compared with similar tents.

The ratings show that the quality and space the tent gives you were not compromised to finish up with a price undoubtedly beneath the average price for comparable tents. It is also worth thinking about the fact that it is marked down by 38% from the manufactures MSRP. It will make a fantastic choice for most people searching for an adequate three-season backpacking tent to camp with, that should serve you well for years to come.

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3' 6"32 sq ft

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3' 10"42 sq ft

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4' 4"53 sq ft

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Tungsten 1 UL

3' 2"20 sq ft

Marmot Tungsten UL 2
Tungsten 2 UL

3' 6"32 sq ft

Marmot Tungsten UL 3
Tungsten 3 UL

3' 10"42 sq ft

Marmot Tungsten UL 4
Tungsten 4 UL

4' 6"51 sq ft

Marmot Tungsten UL 2
Tungsten 2 Ultralight Hatchback

3' 6"32 sq ft

Marmot Tungsten UL 3
Tungsten 3 Ultralight Hatchback

3' 10"42 sq ft
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